The Best Irons of 2024

For Every Handicap

In the ever-evolving world of golf, one thing remains constant: the desire for improvement. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, having the right set of irons can make a huge difference in your game. And with technology advancing at a rapid pace, golfers are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting the ideal irons for their skill level.

In this guide, we're uncovering the top contenders for low, medium, and high handicap golfers in 2024. From precision engineering to innovative designs, these irons are revolutionizing the way we approach the game, promising improved distance, accuracy, and control on every shot.

Overall Picks

Best Iron for Low Handicapper

Ping Blueprint S

A clean cavity design optimized for distance and trajectory control. Blueprint S offers a surprising amount of forgiveness for an iron of it's size.

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Best Iron for Mid Handicapper

Srixon ZX5

A combination of playability, power, and razor-sharp appearance makes the ZX5 Mk II Irons our top choice for mid handicappers.

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Best Iron for High Handicapper

Callaway Ai Smoke HL

Callaway's AI Smoke Irons offer unreal amounts of forgiveness and distance - making these irons a perfect choice for those who struggle with consistent contact.

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Best Irons for Low Handicap Golfers

What type of iron should a low handicap play?

If you're a low handicap player, then you most likely value an iron that offers superior trajectory, distance, and spin control. Looks at address is extremely important, and irons that favor workability are often preferred in order to maximize versatility.

The irons we've chosen as the best of the best for good players we think offer the best in control, looks, versatility.

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Best Overall Iron For Low Handicaps

PING Blueprint S

PING Blueprint S has a clean overall design combined with maximum forgiveness for an iron of it's class.

It's patented precision pocket forging technique allows PING to forge a pocket into the cavity of the 3, 4 and 5 irons. The pocket saves 10 grams of weight, which is re-allocated to increase the MOI and optimize the center of gravity position for more distance and trajectory control.

We like the Blueprint S over the Blueprint T muscle back design. The S offers a bit more forgiveness while still providing a compact view at address.

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Best Blade Iron

Mizuno Pro 241

The Mizuno Pro Irons are the result of a longstanding connection between Mizuno's club engineers and the legendary Grain Flow Forging plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Every fraction of a millimeter and subtle curve has been meticulously considered, shaping the future of golf club technology.

This Mizuno 241's are a compact blade offering amazing feel through Mizuno's soft copper underlay. An increased bounce angle improves turf interaction for great versatility and shot making ability.

If you're looking for a compact blade that can do it all, then look no further.

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Best Cavity Back Iron

Titleist T150

If you're looking for a players iron then you can't ignore Titleist. The T100 and T150 models have been some of our best sellers for good reason. They provide some of the cleanest visuals around, and pair shot making with solid overall forgiveness.

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Best Iron for Mid Handicap Golfers

What type of iron should a mid handicap player play?

A mid-handicap golfer benefits from a balance of forgiveness and control in a set of irons. A larger sweet spot to mitigate mis-hits and provide consistent distance, especially on off-center strikes should be a priority. However, mid handicappers can also benefit from an iron with some workability to provide better control as your ball striking improves.

Irons with a moderately forgiving sole design that aids in maintaining consistent ball contact and trajectory is also a plus.

The irons we've chosen as the best of the best for mid handicappers offer the best blend of distance, forgiveness, and versatility.

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Best Overall Iron For Mid Handicaps

Srixon ZX5

A slightly wider sole with moderate blade length and offset help ZX5 Mk II cavity back Irons give attuned golfers enhanced distance, forgiveness, and workability while displaying a clean look at address.

Tour V.T. Sole takes turf interaction to a whole new level of detail with a proprietary combination of sole widths, bounce angles, and notches that encourages a smooth glide through fairway, rough and sand to strike the ball solidly without losing speed.

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Best Blade Iron

Taylormade P790

From the very beginning, P·790 irons have been rooted in clean aesthetics and thoughtful design. However, their true beauty is found beneath the surface. With AI-optimized weighting and SpeedFoam™ Air on the inside, every iron is uniquely designed to perform exactly how you need it to. 

FLTD CG™ strategically positions the center of gravity (CG) lowest in the long irons and progressively shifts higher throughout the set. In addition, every individual iron has a unique internal structure, featuring strategic mass distribution and precision tungsten weighting.

The result is a very consistent set from 3i down to wedge.

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Best Cavity Back Iron

Titleist T200

Titleist is most known for their player's irons, but the T200 is worth a look for those that want the timeless look of a Titleist iron combined with performance tailored toward the mid handicapper.

By utilizing dense D18 tungsten and a 2000º aerospace brazing process, Titleist engineers can eliminate weld points and shift CG more precisely to optimize every club in the set – from fast, high launching long irons to accurate, forgiving short irons.

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Best Iron for High Handicap Golfers

What type of iron should a high handicap player play?

A high handicap player needs an iron designed for max forgiveness. High handicap golfers typically struggle with consistent content and generating enough speed through impact to achieve an optimal ball flight. Therefore irons that promote a higher trajectory are a must for high handicappers.

The irons we recommend for high handicaps offer incredible forgiveness and help golfers reach max carry distances.

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Best Overall Iron For High Handicaps

Callaway AI Smoke HL

The Paradym Ai Smoke irons represent a total revolution in iron performance. The Ai Smoke family of irons utilizes the most advanced iron face in Callaway history: the Ai Smart Face

The all-new Ai Smart Face optimizes iron performance using swing data from thousands of real golfers. The result is a face that promotes maximum distance and forgiveness.

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Best Blade Iron

Mizuno Pro 245

A blade design is typically not the best choice for a high handicap golfer. But if you can't resist the looks of a blade, then the Mizuno Pro 245 is going to be one of the most forgiving blade designs around. It offers the beautiful blade design many players love, while at the same time providing a hollow-body tech and widened sole that higher handicap players need.

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Best Cavity Back Iron


Ping's G series iron line is always a top performer in forgiveness. The new 2024 G730 irons continue Ping's tradition of high performance irons for the higher handicap player.

By employing hyper 17-4 stainless steel through heat treating, they've thinned the face and optimized its overall structure to increase flexing and help lower the CG, delivering higher-launching shots with ball-speed gains and approximately five more yards of distance.

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Best Iron for Seniors

What type of iron is best for seniors?

For seniors, the biggest equipment need is something that promotes a higher swing speed and launch. If you are player that lacks high enough swing speed to generate a high ball flight, then you need something on the lighter side that helps you increase your club head speed. The following irons are the best irons at doing just that - and offer incredible distance gains without sacrificing stability and shot dispersion.

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Callaway AI Smoke Max Fast

The AI Smoke Max Fast iron is part of the AI Smoke iron family from Callaway. As the name suggests, this particular model offers a lighter club head combined with higher lofts to promote high launch and max distance.

Players with low swing speed will love these irons and most likely see some serious distance gains. We recommend pairing this iron with a lightweight graphite shaft such as the Fujikura Vista Pro 40 or 50i.

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TaylorMade QI HL

The QI HL irons from TaylorMade are another great option for seniors. Like the Ai Smoke Max Fast, QI HL is designed with light weight components and higher lofts to promote max height and distance.

FLTD CG™ strategically positions the center of gravity (CG) lowest in the long irons and progressively shifts higher throughout the set. The design produces better launch and playability in long irons with increased control in the scoring clubs.  

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